Moving in a month - my plan of action(2 posts)
So I had my first encounter with bedbugs last week with visual confirmation. I've gotten bites prior to that, but it was sporadic and I figured it might have been a mosquito. Then all of a sudden they decided to gang-bite me all at once.
My lease expires at 9/30 so I'll be moving out. My unofficial plan as of now is to put all my clothes in a dryer for 30 minutes on high and place it in plastic bags immediately while still at the laundromat. I'll move those bags to my new place along with a new outfit I'll change into as well.
As for my furniture, I'm thinking about abandoning it all. I live in a studio so all I have is a 2-seat recliner, queen foam mattress, wood bed frame, computer table, coffee table, ikea glass table, and 42" TV. All to be disposed (poor TV :(). I looked into moving fumigation but the price of that is almost comparable to buying all new stuff. The only thing I'm worried about is the landlord keeping my deposit because I'm abandoning all the stuff in the apartment. In NY it's a major hassle just to get rid of bed bug furniture. I'll try to claim that I'm doing it because of a building condition of bedbugs (which is true) and maybe they'll return my deposit. That would cost me an extra $1800 deposit if they don't, so I'm a little hesitant on losing that.
So basically my move will only consist of me doing laundry and plastic bagging everything. Hopefully that's enough. My infestation isn't that bad, I see 1-2 bugs every morning when I wake up. I don't really feel the bites so I can't tell if I've been bitten. They exterminated once and will do so again tomorrow. But I have my doubts on the effectiveness of their preferred exterminator.
Any ideas, suggestions will be helpful. Thanks.
Just to warn you nudetypist, this reply will be of absolutely no help to you. But I just wanted to comment.
I'm surprised more people don't react the same way you are. I'm not even sure I have bedbugs, haven't had it confirmed, just paranoid--and I've already spent a lot of time thinking about trying to get out of my lease and literally abandoning everything I own. Or in the least, getting through winter and as soon as my lease is up abandoning my apartment and everything in it. I've read other posts where people talk about moving everything they own from their infested apartment to a new apartment and I think, "what are the chances of them laundering or chemically treating everything so that it's 100% BB and egg free??" probably not very good, considering most people have to get treated like a million times before they get rid of them!
I'm sorry this has turned into a super negative reply, I almost feel guilty for encouraging this depressing type of talk . . . so . . . as for something constructive, why can't you just hall all of your belongings down to the dumpster or street and put a giant sign up that says "BED BUGS"? Why do you have to leave it in the apartment for someone else to do?
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